After a year devoted to electronica, Bluesfest, Ottawa’s premiere musical event, vowed to win back mainstream audiences.
And while their 2013 lineup, announced some weeks ago, isn’t exactly stacked with Baby Boomer icons, it is a decidedly more balanced affair, sure to bring a bigger mix of fans through the gates of the Lebreton Flats.
The big blues act is the king of the genre himself, the unstoppable B.B. King. Despite a recent appearance at the National Arts Centre, King, a perennial crowd pleaser, is sure to lure Ottawans in impressive numbers.
The rock and pop crowds, both young and old, should be happy with the inclusion of such brand-names as Weezer, Rush, Marianas Trench, Grand Funk Railroad, The Tragically Hip, Matthew Good, Los Lobos – even age-old Mitch Ryder and his well-worn Detroit Wheels.
But it’s country that appears to be the going genre in Ottawa this year: early in the spring, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival announced a concert by the inimitable Willie Nelson; Bluesfest, in turn, will be staging shows by the equally popular Dixie Chicks and the still-rising Zac Brown Band. All of this, no doubt, was inspired by the cries of protest over last year’s aborted Capital Hoedown, affirming the city’s deep love of bucolic belters.
So whether you’ll be showing up in a black fedora, a bright bandana or a cowboy hat, you’ll feel right at home at the 2013 RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, July 4 to 14th.
For information, go to http://ottawabluesfest.ca